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#1
May 18, 2007
 
Crime in Pigeon Forge Tennessee is as old as the hills and mountains themselves. The White Caps and the Blue Bills were the Notorious Henderson Family of Crime and Corruption that lives on today.

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May 18, 2007
 
Pigeon Forge is keeping with it's past of crime and violence and stupidity. Here are the latest states where you can see not much has changed in 200 years. Pigeon Forge TN is till the criminal rectum of the USA

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May 18, 2007
 
Criminal trying criminals, the ironic stupidity of Sevier County Tennessee

Supreme Court Denies Appeal in Sevier County Death Penalty Case

An appeal by Gary June Caughron, convicted of the 1987 murder of a Sevier County woman, was denied Monday by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Caughron alleged in a post-conviction petition that his attorney was ineffective during the guilt and sentencing phases of his trial; that the court erred in denying his request for funds to provide certain expert and investigative services; and that there were too few women on the jury. The Sevier County Circuit Court upheld Caughron's conviction, but set aside the death sentence and required a new sentencing proceeding after finding that Caughron was denied his constitutional right to effective counsel during the sentencing phase of the trial. Justices rejected Caughron's claims challenging his conviction in a one-sentence order. The State did not seek to appeal the trial court's ruling that set aside the death sentence.

Caughron, 27, accompanied by 14-year-old April Marie Ward with whom he was romantically involved, entered the home of Ann Robertson Jones and kicked in her bedroom door. The woman was bound, beaten and strangled with cloth strips. Ward testified that she and Caughron also sat on the floor and drank Jones' blood from shot glasses. Ward, the prosecution's key witness, testified that Caughron had been upset with Jones because she made him leave the Pigeon Forge tee shirt shop she operated several weeks before the murder. Ward told authorities Caughron planned the murder and said he intended "to gut" Jones or "slice her throat."

During the sentencing phase of his trial, jurors found that the murder was "especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel in that it involved torture or depravity of mind." The jury found that the aggravating circumstance, as defined by Tennessee law, outweighed any mitigating circumstances, and imposed the death penalty. Caughron also received two consecutive 10-year sentences for burglary and assault with intent to commit rape. The Supreme Court had upheld Caughron's conviction and sentence on direct appeal in 1993. At the post-conviction proceeding, however, the trial court found that Caughron had been denied his right to the effective assistance of counsel, a ruling which the State did not seek to appeal to the Supreme Court.
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May 18, 2007
 
armed robbery suspect arrested in west virginia
alleged to have robbed stewart's drug store
By Bob Stahlke
published: May 17 2007 05:33 PM updated:: May 17 2007 05:32 PM
Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested In West Virginia

The Sevierville Police Department (SPD) was notified yesterday evening, Wednesday, May 16, 2007, of the capture of 31-year old Michael Ray Brewster of Oceana, West Virginia. Authorities allege that Brewster robbed Stewart's Drug Store on Monday, February 12, 2007 (see MR dated 02/13/07 below).

Brewster was arrested in Berkeley County, West Virginia by the Berkeley County Sheriffs Department. SPD Detective Kevin Bush, the lead investigator in the case, says that the SPD is awaiting Brewster's extradition to Sevierville. He is being charged with armed robbery, a Class A felony.

Detective Bush extended the gratitude of the SPD to nine law enforcement agencies that assisted in the case: the Berkeley County Sheriffs Department; Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Knoxville Police Department; Blount County, Tennessee Sheriffs Department; Matoaka, West Virginia Police Department; Wyoming County, West Virginia Sheriffs Department; West Virginia Drug and Violent Crime Task Force; Newport, Tennessee Police Department and Cocke County, Tennessee Sheriffs Department.

The Knoxville Police Department and Blount County Sheriffs Department also provided valuable forensics analysis for the investigation.
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May 18, 2007
 
By Michele Karl
mkarl@theheraldnewspapers.com

published: May 16 2007 09:36 PM updated:: May 17 2007 03:09 PM
John Wayne Blair, who was recently sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 22-year-old Kelly Sellers on English Mountain in Sevier County in April 2004, is recovering from wounds obtained while in prison.
Dorinda Carter, Communications Officer for the Department of Correction in Nashville confirmed to the Seymour Herald that another inmate had attacked Blair.

Carter told the Herald that as a new admission to the correctional department Blair was taken subsequent to his sentencing from the Sevier County jail and admitted to Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex on March 17, 2007. Four days following Blair's move to Brushy Mountain Complex, he was assaulted.

"Blair was assaulted by another inmate and suffered lacerations to his face," stated Carter. "He was treated at Roane Medical Center."

Carter said Blair was taken to Charles Bass Correctional Complex and later moved to the DeBerry Special Needs Facility, a prison hospital. "The stay at the DeBerry Special Needs Facility will be temporary," stated Carter.

According to Carter, "Under normal situations the attacker will be disciplined and could face criminal charges."

The cause of the attack is unknown as this time. However a source close to the Herald stated that an alleged remark made by Blair about a photo of a black fellow inmate's daughter might have sparked the attack.

The Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary now renamed Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex (also called Brushy) is a large prison near the town of Petros, TN. It is operated by the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Nearly encircled by a remote section of the Cumberland Plateau, escape attempts have been infrequent and almost always unsuccessful. The prison has a current capacity of 590 and currently houses 546 inmates.

Among the most famous inmates at Brushy Mountain was James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. As of 2006, it is the oldest operating prison in Tennessee.
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May 19, 2007
 
armed robbery suspect arrested in west virginia
alleged to have robbed stewart's drug store
By Bob Stahlke
published: May 17 2007 05:33 PM updated:: May 17 2007 05:32 PM
Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested In West Virginia

The Sevierville Police Department (SPD) was notified yesterday evening, Wednesday, May 16, 2007, of the capture of 31-year old Michael Ray Brewster of Oceana, West Virginia. Authorities allege that Brewster robbed Stewart's Drug Store on Monday, February 12, 2007 (see MR dated 02/13/07 below).

Brewster was arrested in Berkeley County, West Virginia by the Berkeley County Sheriffs Department. SPD Detective Kevin Bush, the lead investigator in the case, says that the SPD is awaiting Brewster's extradition to Sevierville. He is being charged with armed robbery, a Class A felony.

Detective Bush extended the gratitude of the SPD to nine law enforcement agencies that assisted in the case: the Berkeley County Sheriffs Department; Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Knoxville Police Department; Blount County, Tennessee Sheriffs Department; Matoaka, West Virginia Police Department; Wyoming County, West Virginia Sheriffs Department; West Virginia Drug and Violent Crime Task Force; Newport, Tennessee Police Department and Cocke County, Tennessee Sheriffs Department.

The Knoxville Police Department and Blount County Sheriffs Department also provided valuable forensics analysis for the investigation.

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